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What can you do to stay safer in a motorcycle crash?

Motorcyclists enjoy hitting the road in the spring, summer and fall months. In winter, the roads are clear in California, making it a popular destination for riders who want to cruise year-round. Unfortunately, there are many dangers to motorcyclists, who are at a 27 percent higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash than other drivers, based on 2014 statistics.

The good news is that there are things you can do to make it safer on the roads. You can't account for every mistake other drivers will make, but by taking time to prepare, you can be aware and hopefully prevent a crash.

To start with, remember to wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, so that any crash that does take place will have a less significant affect on your head and neck. Head injuries are serious and traumatic, so anything you can do to reduce the risk of a head injury is key to a successful recovery following a crash.

The next thing you can do is to look into reflective clothing and motorcycle-specific riding gear. Using gear designed for motorcyclists means you'll have more protection if you fall or are thrown from your motorcycle. Road rash is common if your arms or legs are bare, so cover up to give yourself a fighting chance of recovery following a crash.

These are just a couple tips that can help you stay safer. Keep your eyes on the road, and remember that you can help prevent crashes by watching for drivers who may not see you. By being your own safety advocate, you could save your own life.

Source: NHTSA, "Motorcycle Safety," accessed June 14, 2018

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